About The School

Very few one-room schoolhouses have survived across North Carolina, especially African-American schools from the early Jim Crow era.

Of the almost 2,000 one-room school buildings that were in use in North Carolina from the 1910s through the 1950s, there are only two (pre-Rosenwald Fund) one-room African-American schoolhouses listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and the Neely School predates them both.

The 2015 restoration of the Neely School has opened it up to a new generation of students who can come and learn about this little-known chapter in the educational history of North Carolina.

When Mary Neely Grissom reached out to author Emily Brewer for help telling her family’s story, it was the beginning of a creative collaboration that enriched the lives of both women.